Maternity Leave? Whats That??

My daughter is now 8 months old, and what a hectic eight months it has been. When I first finished work to go on maternity leave a week before Casi was due, I wasn’t sure what I would do with all my spare time. I have always worked, and I have always enjoyed being super busy between my full time job and farming.

For the first few months after Casi was born, I was tangled up in keeping everywhere clean, and looking after Casi. She has been a good baby from day one, and has slept through the night since she was two weeks old!!! (yes I am one lucky mummy) She did however suffer with colic, which meant most afternoons was spent trying to keep myself from falling to bits because all she would do was scream her head off and there was nothing I could do to stop or help her. It got to the point that i was afraid of taking her out of the house, in case she kicked off. But after a few weeks, a change of formula and some new bottles, she wasn’t the same baby.

When January came, it was time for the lambing season! and my god I was so glad to see it arrive. Last year I was pregnant, and was banned from going near the lambing shed which had to be the most frustrating time of my life! You see, I have always been right in the middle of lambing, helping out, getting my hands dirty and I have done this since I can remember.

Because Casi is a good sleeper, I could manage the morning shifts pretty well. I’d get up at 5 am to go round the sheep, I would be back in by 8am ready to give Casi her breakfast. The stumbling block was the rest of the day. How was I meant to go around a hill farm with a pram?? It wasn’t going to work. I tried with a baby carrier for the first few weeks of the season, but it killed me. Walking twelve miles a day looked great on my Fitbit, but it wasn’t great for my back carrying a baby that far every day. So I started doing some research, and I found the perfect solution. The Little Life Adventurer Child Carrier. This has been a god send to me. I am only 5ft 4″ but the carrier is so supportive both on the hips and the shoulders, that i don’t feel the weight bearing down on me. Casi finds it comfortable and we can now go round the sheep with ease, we even use it on the beach now.

Either way, I have managed to keep busy all the way through my maternity leave and i have really enjoyed it. I love being busy even if it can get stressful sometimes. Between everything I haven’t really had any time for socialising in baby groups like most mums do. I even got kicked off a Facebook group for new mums because i couldn’t attend the face to face group. It can get lonely, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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